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MANILA, Philippines (4th UPDATE) – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said it had restored partial operations of the MRT-3 train service as of 9:45 am Friday, September 6, after a cut in the overhead power line crippled the whole light rail operations earlier.
MRT trips were suspended 6:42 am Friday because of power supply problems in the northbound line of the Guadalupe station.
And, as expected, the stoppage worsened the usual morning EDSA gridlock. The DOTr said "additional buses have been dispatched to ferry MRT-3 passengers to their destinations. "
In a 10 am update, MRT's Facebook page posted: "MRT-3 resumes partial operations from North Avenue Station to Shaw Boulevard Station (both bounds) as of 9:45AM.
Repair works to restore full service in the entire line is ongoing."
The first tweet from DOTR MRT3 said: "At 6:17AM, today, the MRT-3's Overhead Catenary System has been cut off at Guadalupe Station (NB). Intervention is ongoing. At 6:20am, provisional service from North Avenue to Shaw Boulevard has been implemented. We apologize for the inconvenience."
MRT operations were stopped less than 30 minutes after the first announcement of the damage.
All in all, the MRT trains stopped operations for 3 hours.
UPDATE: MRT-3 resumes partial operations from North Avenue Station to Shaw Boulevard Station (both bounds) as of 9:45AM. Repair works to restore full service in the entire line is ongoing. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/93wXmIo0ML — DOTr MRT-3 (@dotrmrt3) September 6, 2019